To write compelling non-fiction books or articles, use techniques of fiction. Begin with an intriguing introduction. Quickly introduce your cast of characters and setting. Describe the most dramatic incidents in the story. Convey what makes it an important, unique or memorable tale.
If you’re an architect or artist who dislikes writing, imagine a document as a house you’ll design. Sketch it, and label each room with one main point. Transfer what you’ve written to paper, and organize and develop your outline. You’ll soon have a first draft.
If your writing has been rejected by editors and agents, use your disappointment in the same way you do success. Let it motivate you to do even better. Set new goals, and identify the strategies needed to achieve them. Your career will soon bloom.
How do you communicate your genius as a writer? You do it in words–one at a time.
You create what seems impossible in order to capture the mind, heart or soul of readers. You condense the wisdom of a lifetime into a single work. You reveal some large truth about life in a tiny story, essay or poem. Making people think, feel, hope, believe, laugh or cry is your job.
To learn how to make your manuscripts more publishable, consider taking my upcoming class on Editing Your Creative Writing for Publication. I will teach it from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 and 23 and March 2, 2017. This will be offered by the community education program of North East ISD in San Antonio, Texas. To read a description of it in the adult program catalog and to register for it, visit https://communityed.neisd.net. This can help you on your road to success.
Holidays like New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas are times to express your gratitude to those who have helped you succeed as a writer. Send a handwritten thank-you note to agents, editors, publishers, book reviewers, mentors, teachers, critique group members and others who’ve assisted you.
The start of a new year is a time to assess what you’ve accomplished as a writer in the past one. Consider the risks you’ve taken that have led to your achieving goals. Think about how your courage, confidence and skill have increased. Reflect on what you’ve learned about life, yourself or others that can enrich your future work. All of these steps can help enlighten your understanding of your growth and worth as a writer.
Determined writers use their time productively to set and achieve goals. They look for publishing opportunities or create them. They seek advice from others and offer theirs when asked for it. They see a challenge as a chance to grow and learn. They bloom wherever they are.
Someone once said that achieving clear writing is a matter of priming the pump.
Water from a faucet that hasn’t been turned on recently can come out cloudy looking at first. The longer it runs, the sooner it becomes clear.
Writing daily can help you express your ideas well and quickly.
Writing is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it is.